Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 27th Nov 2011 22:07 UTC, submitted by Nooone
Linux So, it's no secret that the Linux desktop - at least, the GNOME-side of things - is a bit in a state of disarray. Unity hasn't exactly gone down well with a lot of people, and GNOME 3, too, hasn't been met with universal praise. So, what to do? Linux Mint, currently one of the most popular Linux distributions out there, thinks they are on to the solution with their latest release, Linux Mint 12.
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Linux Mint vs Linux Mint Debian Edition
by Alfman on Mon 28th Nov 2011 03:32 UTC
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I tried Mint for the first time this past weekend. I was expecting/hoping it would be faster than the newer Ubuntus which have been loosing grounds wrt performance. I didn't realise how close to Ubuntu it actually was. It uses Ubuntu's repositories directly, and shares the same bugs.

Since Ubuntu 10.? my nvidia geforce video card is no longer detected correctly and the screen goes black on bootup, not even C-A-F1 works. I'm sure it works fine for most users, but it really sucks when you are one of the users for which it does not work. It turns out unsurprisingly this regression exists in Mint as well, but I was able to install a working nvidia driver from a chroot using the live CD.

Anyone familiar with Ubuntu will automatically feel at home with Mint since they're practically the same under the hood. The differences are mainly the inclusion of patented software out of the box (with the DVD edition) so that Mint can play mp3's, DVDs, DivX, etc. Also, Mint is giving users more choice in desktop environments.

I didn't realise that Mint also has LMDE, a distro based directly on Debian Testing, which is what I though "Mint" was in the first place. It is supposed to be significantly faster than the Ubuntu release, and I can confirm the bootup is much faster.

However there is one damn problem that keeps me from being able to use it: the ps/2 mouse doesn't work. It is the first time the problem has ever happened to me, I was even in back of the computer trying to reconnect it but it really was a software issue.

I tried comparing the configurations between both editions of Mint, but so far I've been unable to get LMDE to use my mouse and I've given up on it. I suspect I would like LMDE much better otherwise.

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